Provides support for at-risk families through regular opportunities for information, skills-building, and mutual support in a group setting with the goals of increasing parents’ knowledge about child abuse and neglect, anger management techniques, child development, responsiveness and alternatives to corporal punishment; providing parents with referrals, based on documented, individual needs; and encouraging parents to participate in activities at their child’s school/center.
- Intensive parenting classes that are tailored to fit the needs of participating families. The group sessions are designed not only to offer information and skill-building opportunities, but also to reduce social isolation and promote supportive relationships among parents.
Families with at least one child ages birth to five who are:
- Already in the DHS system or transitioning from it;
- Not in the DHS system but are at risk for child abuse, neglect and/or delinquency because of:
- child’s special health needs,
- post-traumatic stress,
- history of substance abuse,
- poverty, or
- parent’s recent release from incarceration.